Germany waste two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with Argentina

Germany waste two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with Argentina
Germany's Marc-Andre ter Stegen looks dejected with team mates after their friendly match against Argentina. Photo: Reuters

Dortmund: Injury-decimated Germany squandered a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with Argentina thanks to Lucas Ocampos's 85th-minute equaliser in a friendly on Wednesday.

The Germans, missing a dozen players and without a single world champion in the starting line-up for the first time since the 2014 World Cup final, fielded a callow team including newcomers Robin Koch and Luca Waldschmidt.

What they lacked in experience, however, they made up for in enthusiasm in the first half with Serge Gnabry continuing his prolific run with his 10th goal in his 11th international, stabbing the hosts ahead after quarter of an hour.

Germany waste two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with Argentina
Argentina's Nicolas Tagliafico in action with Germany's Julian Brandt REUTERS/Leon Kuegeler

Gnabry turned provider seven minutes later when he found Kai Havertz in the box to complete a quick move.

Argentina's Nicolas Tagliafico in action with Germany's Julian Brandt REUTERS/Leon Kuegeler
Germany's Kai Havertz scores their second goal against Argentina. REUTERS/Leon Kuegeler DFB

Marcel Halstenberg rattled the crossbar with a stunning left-footed free-kick as did Argentina's Rodrigo De Paul with a long-range effort.

Argentina, without suspended world footballer of the year Lionel Messi as well as Angel Di Maria and Sergio Aguero, cut the deficit in the 66th minute through substitute Lucas Alario who instantly added more pace to their game.

The Germans, who had four players making their debuts, gradually ran out of steam and the visitors completed their comeback when Alario charged into the box to lay off for Ocampos to equalise.

Germany waste two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with Argentina
Argentina's Lucas Ocampos celebrates scoring their second goal with team mates REUTERS/Leon Kuegeler

Germany next take on Estonia in a Euro 2020 qualifier on Sunday.